Monday, April 25, 2011

Tokyo-Sendai Shinkansen Resumes Operation

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Monday, April 25th - 2011

Life is gradually returning to normal in Japan - bullet train services on the JR East Tohoku Shinkansen Line resumed between Tokyo and Sendai on Monday for the first time since the massive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11. Operation resumes just in time for Golden Week, Japan’s traditional early May holiday.

The Tohoku shinkansen service to Fukushima was restored earlier, but the section connecting it to the city of Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture was suspended until Monday.

According to JR East, the March 11 natural disasters mangled rail track, cracked elevated bridges and in general incurred damage at about 1,200 separate places along the full length of the Tohoku shinkansen track. About 85% of the trouble spots were repaired as of April 18, and the bullet train operator said it aims to restart service from Sendai to Ichinoseki on April 30.

Beginning April 29, the cutting-edge E5-type train “Hayabusa” will make two roundtrips a day, one between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori and the other between Tokyo and Sendai. Five thousand yen from each of the luxury “Gran Class” seat ticket sales will be donated to disaster victims.

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